CV Tips

What is CV?

Curriculum Vitae: an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications. Another name for a CV is a resume . Probably the first CV was written by Leonardo Da Vinci five hundred years ago. Since then things have moved slightly on, and now it's essential to have a well presented professional CV, but still many graduates get this wrong. Here we will give you all the tips to make an impressive CV.

Necessary information’s a CV should include:

1. Personal details.

Normally these would be your name, address, date of birth, telephone number and email.

2. Education and qualifications

Your degree subject and university, plus A levels and GCSEs or equivalents. Mention grades unless poor!

3. Work experience

Use action words such as developed, planned and organized. even work in a shop, call center, wear house,  will involve working in a team, providing a quality service to customers, and dealing tactfully with complaints. Don't mention the routine, non-people tasks (receive unexpected calls with personal harass/ angry customers rough language) unless you are applying for a similar.

Try to relate the skills to the job. A finance job will involve numarecy, analytical and problem solving skills so focus on these whereas for a marketing role you would place a bit more emphasis onpersudaing and negotions skills.

4. Interests and achievements:

Keep this section short and to the point.

5. Skills:

The usual ones to mention are languages (good conversational English, Bangla, Others), computing (e.g. "good working knowledge of MS Access and Excel, plus basic web page design skills".

6. References:

Normally two referees are sufficient: one academic (perhaps your tutor or a project supervisor) and one from an employer (perhaps your last part-time or Full Time job).

7. Signature: Should be signed with date.


8. Others issues like font: 

TIMES NEW ROMAN is the standard windows "serif" font. A safe bet - law firms seem to like it but it isn't easy to read on the screen, especially in the small font size you may need to use to get your CV on one or two pages. If you do prefer to use a serif font, try CAMBRIA which has been designed for screen readability. See the example fonts to the right to see how much clearer Cambria looks than Times New Roman.

FONT SIZE is normally 12 points for the normal font and 14 points for subheadings and headings.